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Polanski detained for possible extradition

here's the article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090927/ap_on_en_mo/eu_switzerland_polanski_36

do you think the U.S. should extradite him for charges which are over 30 years old?

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autodidact

Asked by autodidact at 5:38 PM on Sep. 27, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Isn't there a statute of limitations that would apply?
    lori9878

    Answer by lori9878 at 5:47 PM on Sep. 27, 2009

  • Polanski was allowed to plead guilty to one of six charges, unlawful sexual intercourse, and was sent to prison for 42 days of evaluation.


    Lawyers agreed that would be his full sentence, but the judge tried to renege on the plea bargain. Aware the judge would sentence him to more prison time and require his voluntary deportation, Polanski fled to France.


    This isnt' all about the crime that he committed. It's the fact that he fled without serving his time. I don't think there are any SOL's on that. It sounds like the judge had a bone to pick which is a misuse of power, however I would never negate the crime of child rape. He is one sick puppy.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:54 PM on Sep. 27, 2009

  • In 1977, he was accused of raping the teenager while photographing her during a modeling session. The girl said Polanski plied her with champagne and part of a Quaalude pill at Jack Nicholson's house while the actor was away. She said that, despite her protests, he performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her.


    On a 13 year old girl.  Wow.  Just Wow.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:56 PM on Sep. 27, 2009

  • There is no limitation of rape or murder. He is a fugitive and deserves to serve his time, but of course he will have to go before the judge and could get a new trial and ultimately be aquitted of charges.
    usmc0351wife

    Answer by usmc0351wife at 6:03 PM on Sep. 27, 2009

  • I think it's his own fault he's being extradited. Why should he get lighter treatment just for evading the punishment he EARNED for 30 years? If he'd taken the sentence 30 years ago, even if it was more than 42 days (as it should have been for drugging and having sex with a 13 year old), he would've been better off. The penalty he'll see in 2009 will be harsher than what he would've gotten in the 70's.

    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:31 PM on Sep. 27, 2009

  • even the prosecutor says he wasn't getting a fair trial. he's a 74 year old man who's been through more than enough already.

    autodidact

    Answer by autodidact at 6:38 PM on Sep. 27, 2009

  • even the prosecutor says he wasn't getting a fair trial. he's a 74 year old man who's been through more than enough already.


    So then the laws shouldn't apply to him, just because he is old and has been through enough (determined by you and not a court)? Oh, well, we should just figure he has had a hard enough time trying to emotionally deal with the fact that he is a drug administering child molester. Poor guy. You are right, why should he have to pay his debt to society when he is punished enough with a celebrity lifestyle and every creature comfort at his fingertips?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:44 PM on Sep. 27, 2009

  • even the prosecutor says he wasn't getting a fair trial.

    That's what the court of appeals is for.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:03 PM on Sep. 27, 2009

  • Well, he served his 42 days and was released. The judge had a change of heart and Polanski was scared he would have to go back to jail so he fled. The judge told him that he could plead the case to have the plea of guilty thrown out but he was scared he would be arrested. So, he stayed away. I don't understand how a judge has a change of heart over a sentence after the sentence was served.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 7:24 PM on Sep. 27, 2009

  • So what does the victim have to say about all of this? Statutes of limitations for the crime itself wouldn't come into play here if he was already found guilty and given a sentence. How much would taxpayers have to dish out for this? Personally I think she should have gotten the maximum but that's just my opinion. Where was this little girls' mom while this happened? I guess I have to go back and read the original story.
    admckenzie

    Answer by admckenzie at 7:28 PM on Sep. 27, 2009

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